September 14, 2015

Messy Marriage

Numbers 30:2-4
Marriages are usually pushed to the brink when tragedy strikes.

It’s during those difficult times the love and character of Christ have the REAL opportunity to grow within us. All else is preparation time for the real thing. It’s during those tough times we especially need to listen, yield, and follow through with all God reveals to us in his Word, the Bible (that’s why we need to make the time to read it). Even in his silence, there is much to learn.

Oswald Chambers wrote: “Abraham went through 13 years of silence, but in those years all self-sufficiency was destroyed; there was no possibility left of relying on common-sense ways. Those years of silence were a time of discipline… The only thing for which we are all being disciplined is to know that God is real. As soon as God becomes real, other people become shadows. Nothing that others do or say can ever perturb the one who is built on God” (My Utmost for His Highest).

Life is fluid. Everyday living consists of changes which can’t help but change us right along with them. So what are we to do? Are we to allow ourselves to break promises and act out in ungodly ways because our spouse is now different than when we first got married? No.

If so, how can anyone ever count on us? The Bible says: “If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth” (30:2).

Each day, God can teach us what it means to live out our promises and to make any necessary adjustments in order to respond in Christ-like ways to the challenges we face.